28 Days of Abstinence - Day 27 - Finding Awakeness

"Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary everyday lives." --Pema Chodron

Awakeness, I believe, can be found in abstinence because it stimulates our pain and our pleasure sensors, it causes us confusion and discomfort, it causes us to feel more deeply, to be more aware, to wake up a little bit more.

As I wrote on DAY 24, abstaining from wheat has somehow allowed me to recognize the unwell feelings I have when I eat corn and sugar. I think this comes from the heightened sense of "awakeness" it takes to remain abstinent. And because I am more awake, I am more aware.

How have you become more awake over the course of this challenge? What other moments of awakeness have you experienced in your weird, unfathomable life?


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